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Missouri Appellate Court Clarifies MUFTA After Complicated Lawsuit

A recent court case – May v. Williams, WD 79651, 2017 WL 3253046 (Mo. Ct. App. Aug. 1, 2017) – heard by Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals provided insight on the proper procedures and application for piercing...more

Senate to Debate Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

A piece of federal legislation reflects a significant effort by Congress to curb perceived abuses of the federal class action procedure. The legislation is the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 – on March 9...more

Proposed CFPB Regulations Seek to Expand Agency’s Disclosure Opportunities

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) has proposed new regulations and changes to its existing regulations that expand the agency's ability to disclose information to others, potentially compromising the...more

Is That What Friends (and Family) Are For? Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split in Insider Trading Case But Questions Remain

A recent Supreme Court decision provides new guidance in the area of insider trading liability without personal benefit, and resolves an existing split between the Ninth Circuit and Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In Salman...more

Gone For Good: Federal Court Denies Arbitration Opportunity

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida is a reminder that if a litigant intends to enforce its contractual arbitration provision, the issue must be raised at an early...more

Recent Supreme Court Action Creates Uncertainty in Financial Industry

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC. The High Court’s decision will allow a consumer class action against...more

Bank Preemption: Solicitor General Does Not Support Supreme Court Review

Weighing in recently on a debt collector's petition for writ of certiorari in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC, the United States Solicitor General agreed that the Second Circuit was wrong in concluding that the National Bank...more

High Court Spokeo Ruling on Standing Avoids Nixing No Injury Class Actions

On May 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court released its long-awaited opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. In a 6–2 decision, the Court remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit for further analysis of the plaintiff's...more

Supreme Court Establishes New Standards: Removal Pleadings Now Less Burdensome For State Court Suits

Last week, the United States Supreme Court held that a notice of removal from state court to federal court requires only pleading good faith allegations that the amount in controversy exceeds a jurisdictional threshold. The...more

Pair of Missouri Supreme Court Cases Potentially Expand Liability for Lenders, Servicers, Debt Buyers and Debt Collectors

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court released two decisions on the same day that expanded Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) with regard to the origination and servicing of real estate mortgage loans. The effect of...more

Protecting Your Organization From Fraudulent Investments: Red Flags Of Fraud And Due Diligence

The Great Recession flushed out many Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent investment vehicles, bringing to light their prevalence and devastating effects. As the economy begins to rebound, new investment mechanisms and other...more

A Tale Of Two States: Access To Attorney-Client Privilege Materials In Intra-Corporate Disputes Involving Close Corporations

Most people communicating with their lawyer rightfully believe their discussions are privileged and cannot be disclosed to others without permission. However, when litigation ensues, because the attorney-client privilege...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Can't Avoid Federal Court By Stipulating To Damage Limits

A unanimous Supreme Court has made clear that the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) cannot be undermined by a plaintiff's attempt to seek damages of less than the jurisdictional amount. The Court resolved a Circuit split and...more

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